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Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Road rage incident leaves Bozeman man hospitalizedBOZEMAN – A 21-year-old Bozeman man was hospitalized Tuesday with a fractured skull after a highway dispute led to a beating in a motel parking lot, police said.

The apparent case of road rage occurred Monday night.

The victim, whose name was not released, was flown to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, where he was listed in satisfactory condition.

Authorities said the incident occurred about 5 p.m. Monday when the victim and a 16-year-old co-worker were returning home after work and pulled in front of another car on the East Frontage Road.

The trailing vehicle began passing and the two drivers exchanged words as they drove, said Police Detective Mark Johnson. The second driver finished passing and drove on to a motel, with the victim following him at a distance.

Johnson said the victim parked behind a gazebo in the parking lot, “as if to hide his car,” and confronted the other driver, suffering a severe head wound in the confrontation.

Johnson said it was unclear whether the injured man was hit with a fist or a weapon.

The suspected assailant and his female companion left the motel after the assault.

Police believe they registered under a false name and gave a false address in Missoula. There were no personal items left in the motel room.

Police asked anyone with information about the couple to contact them directly or through Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.

Kaczynski’s brother to head anti-death penalty groupALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – David Kaczynski, who helped authorities identify his brother as the Unabomber and then fought to save him from a death sentence, has been chosen as the executive director of an anti-death penalty group.

Kaczynski, of Schenectady, was to be formally introduced Wednesday in his new role with the nonprofit group New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, spokeswoman Colleen Ryan said.

Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in 1998 to three mail bomb murders and 23 nonfatal mail bombings that he said were part of an anti-technology campaign. He is serving a life sentence.

In 1996, David Kaczynski and his wife, Linda Patrik, alerted authorities that they believed Theodore Kaczynski, a Montana hermit living in a shack between Lincoln and Helena, was the Unabomber after they had read his 35,000-word published “manifesto.” The couple fought – against Theodore Kaczynski’s wishes – for a plea bargain to save him from the death penalty.

Since then, the couple has criticized capital punishment and executing mentally ill criminals.

No one has been executed in New York since the death penalty was restored in 1995.

Paxinos to head attorneys’ groupHELENA – Yellowstone County Attorney Dennis Paxinos was elected president of the Montana County Attorneys’ Association at the group’s annual criminal law training program and business meeting recently at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Paxinos will serve as MCAA president for one year until first vice president George Corn, the Ravalli County attorney, succeeds him. Other officers elected at the Fairmont meeting were Brant Light, Cascade County attorney, second vice president; Marty Lambert, Gallatin County attorney, third vice president; Tony Kendall, Carbon County attorney, secretary and Fred Van Valkenburg, Missoula County attorney, treasurer. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County attorney Mike Grayson was appointed to the board of directors.

The MCAA is made up of Montana county attorneys and deputy county attorneys. McGrath is the former Lewis & Clark County attorney.

Environmental groups target energy planTwo environmental groups on Tuesday challenged the Bush administration’s energy plan, which is expected to be voted on by the U.S..

The Wilderness Society released a list of wildlands it said were threatened by the Bush administration’s energy plan, including three areas in Wyoming and two in Montana. The Red Desert, the upper Green River Basin and the Bridger-Teton National Forest were all included in the campaign titled “Too Wild to Drill.” Also included were the Rocky Mountain Front and the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana.

“These are the public lands we are talking about opening up, and they are pretty treasured lands,” said Peter Aengst of the Wilderness Society.

Aengst said the places were selected based on an assessment of the immediacy and gravity of the threat and what it would mean in terms of national significance for wildlife, culture or scenery.

The report included results from polls showing that most Americans support protecting wildlands in the Rocky Mountains and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, check the Internet at (

Meanwhile, the Sierra Club released a map showing the possible outcome if the administration were successful in its bid to build as many as 1,300 new power plants. The map also shows nuclear reactors and 21 wild areas threatened by development.

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